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RELS330 Special Topic: Women in Religion

A woman-centered analysis of multiple religious traditions, including both world and indigenous religions. How women understand their role, how they work within these traditions in response to contemporary social contexts.

Historically, women have taken the backseat within many of the major religions of the world. This does not mean that women have not played important roles in the development of religious thought and practice. Traditionally, however, we have seldom heard the voices of women featured front and centre in discussions about worship, doctrine and leadership. This paper attempts to rectify this by offering a woman-centred analysis of multiple religious traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. Using a variety of sources, we will consider how women understand their role in their own traditions and how they work within these traditions in response to contemporary social contexts. Ultimately, we will aim to comprehend how religious women live, understand, challenge and reconstruct their faiths..

Paper title Special Topic: Women in Religion
Paper code RELS330
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Prerequisite
18 200-level RELS or RELX points
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be credited together with RELS 230 when passed with the same content.
Contact

Keziah Wallis keziah.wallis@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Lecturer: Keziah Wallis
Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Will Sweetman

Textbooks
A course reader has been developed for this paper and will be available in print and PDF form.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to demonstrate:

  • understanding of the issues of gender and power as they relate to a variety of religious traditions within the historical constructs of racism, sexism, colonialism and orientalism;
  • recognition and appreciation of the diversity of thought among female religious scholars;
  • an ability to describe the contemporary issues of women within the religious traditions of the world;
  • an ability to critically engage with the complexities involved in the roles of women in religion;
  • an ability to critically evaluate the impact of practices and beliefs of different religious expressions on male and female believers;
  • an ability to recognise and explain the patterns in women’s religious lives and how they respond to exclusion from central areas of tradition;
  • an ability to describe some of the more important theoretical and interdisciplinary debates on religion, sacred texts and the gender question; and
  • an ability to debate the key theories relating to the complexities of studying religion as part of the particular social, economic, and political contexts.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-16, 18-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-16, 18-22